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Morning Shift: Pope steps down, Obama steps up
February 11, 2013
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'Morning Shift' #104: Pope steps down, Obama steps up
On Monday's Morning Shift, we talk immigration with a former foreign service officer, sports with WBEZ's Cheryl Raye-Stout, NPR's Kend Rudin on President Obama's Chicago visit this week, Pope's resignation, mandatory minimum sentences and housing with Chicago Magazine's Deal Estate columnist.
· Mon, Feb 11 2013 07:19:10
Pope Benedict XVISergey Gabdurakhmanov
was in the foreign service for five years, and in a recent Op-Ed he explains why he oppose the pathway to citizenship. He joins us with the details of why he thinks it’s not the current immigration proposals that are being floated.
Cheryl Sports Wrap
Cheryl Raye-Stout gives us the latest on the Bulls and Blackhawks, and the story of a New York Yankee who’s giving his Alma Mater-UIC-a facelift.
The White House announced that the President will visit Chicago this week to address gun violence. This comes on the heels of First Lady Michelle Obama’s attendance at 15-year-old Hadiya Pendleton’s funeral. We discuss what the President’s visit means politically.
WBEZ news blogger Charlie Meyerson talks about the stories that are exciting him for the week.
The Vatican announced this morning that Pope Benedict XVI will resign at the end of the month. We hear from everyday Catholics about what the resignation means, and whether it has everyday impact on their local parish.
Mandatory Minimum Sentences
Chicago Police Superintendent Garry McCarthy is pushing for a mandatory minimum sentence of three years for anyone illegally caught with a gun. Some credit mandatory minimum sentences for helping bring down New York City’s crime rate, but others say it creates an environment in which prosecutors are able to extract more from plea deals, giving prosecutors too much control over sentencing. We debate the merit of mandatory minimum sentences with Georgetown University adjunct professor of law William G. Otis and Ohio State University law professor Douglas Berman.
A couple purchased a home in Beverly but isn’t currently living there because they claim mold makes the house uninhabitable. But the home’s landmark status is blocking the family from tearing it down and rebuilding.
magazine’s Dennis Rodkin and historic preservation consultant Jean Follett explain what’s involved in living in or purchasing a home with landmark status.